Friday, March 18, 2016

Junk Journal Update #1

I've been playing a lot with black lines and color.  When I get up early in the morning my mind is still half sleep - it's the best time to just paint because I'm not thinking too hard.

I will keep you updated on my progress.  Thanks for all of your awesome comments from last week's watercolor painting.  Have a great weekend!

I made a video on How to Make a Junk Journal if you would like to check it out.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

How to Create Watercolor Butterfly Embellishments

I've been playing a lot with watercolors lately.  Between work, Netflix, putting a face drawing E-course together and not exercising out I've managed to finish this lovely girl.

Learning not to overwork the paint is my biggest struggle.  I have found that wetting the face area with clean water and slowly dropping in color has the best results for me.  I also let it dry naturally (and try not to hover). 

  1. Stamp butterflies onto watercolor paper.  I recommend paper at least 140lbs and up.  You want something strong enough to stand on it's own.  My go-to ink is STAZON black ink. It's waterproof and will not move once you start painting.  
  2. Spray the page with water and mix in different colors.  Do at least 3 layers of paint if you want a vibrant look.  Let each layer dry before adding another.  
  3. Cut them out and play around!

I don't use fancy watercolors, I still have the $4.99 set from Michael's.  I think the brand is Art Minds. I'm hoping to upgrade soon though.

I quickly wanted to talk about my How to Draw Faces Workbook.  Right now it's about 40 pages long and it will be a E-Course workbook on how to draw the face in frontal view.  We will go over placement, drawing the features, shading, and my fav part - drawing hair!

I'm really excited about this class and over the last few weeks I've added a lot more techniques that I hope you will like.  I will open the class later this month.  So, if you are interested drawing girls for yourself, please sign up for my newsletter for the release.  

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